JeJaWeDa: Blonk, Bishop, Walter, Smith

@ The Hungry Brain

Thursday, October 20 ~~ 9PM

2319 W Belmont Ave Chicago IL 60618
21+. 9pm. Proof of Covid vaccination is required upon entry.
The quartet JeJaWeDa debuted in the spring of 2019 with a series of concerts in the Northeast. The band features the great Dutch sound poet and improvisor Jaap Blonk, trombone virtuoso Jeb Bishop, and the versatile and powerful "rhythm section"of Damon Smith and Weasel Walter. Jaap Blonk is unique for his powerful stage presence and playful freedom in improvisation, combined with a keen grasp of structure. The frenetically prolific bandleader/composer/multiinstrumentalist Weasel Walter summons myriad timbres from a (mostly) conventional drum kit, while also bringing a strong performative element to the proceedings. Jeb Bishop is an extraordinary improviser, composer, and simply one of the finest living trombonists, and has been a major voice in improvised music for more than 20 years. Tireless organizer and Balance Point Acoustics label head Damon Smith expands both the sound world of the double bass and the roles it can play in an ensemble.
The sonic result of this alchemical gamble is a wide-open, unruly field of play where anything can and will happen. As documented on the releases Pioneer Works vol. 1 and Pioneer Works vol. 2 (Balance Point Acoustics), the band runs a gamut from delicate chamber textures to glossolalia-meets-cracked-video-game burbling to all-out electronic meltdowns.
The group had scheduled concerts in Europe in 2020 that were canceled due to COVID, and this will be the first performance anywhere by the band since 2019. See less